Hunting

Mourning dove / © M. Weisenberger, USFWS

Hunting is one of the priority recreational uses on National Wildlife Refuges and compatible with the mission of this refuge. While enjoying this traditional, recreational activity, hunters help manage these lands for the benefit of wildlife and you.


The refuge conducts two public hunts annually. Both are controlled, hunts which are allowed on a small portion of the refuge in order to minimize disturbance to other wildlife and visitors to the refuge.

Mourning Dove Hunt:
  • Is permitted on approximately 740 acres during September.
  • In addition to State regulations, the refuge requires hunters to use steel shot and have a refuge permit in their possession. 
  • Hunters are to "self-permit." A nominal user fee may be charged from each hunter.
2014, 3rd Place Duck Stamp artist © Frank Mittelstadt - Canada goose / USFWS
Goose Hunt:   
  • The Refuge's Goose Hunting Season runs from late November through mid-December.
  • Is an Application process only hunt.   
  • Prospective hunters must submit a completed Application prior to November of each year. Hunters are given one specific day during the hunt season.
  • All permitted hunters are required to obtain their hunting permit one day prior to or the day of their hunt at the refuge headquarters. 
  • The refuge provides two dozen decoys for use at each pit.

For more information about hunting opportunities, please contact the refuge. Helpful Information: Waterfowl hunting are offered at neighboring McAllister Lake, which is under the jurisdiction of New Mexico Game & Fish.